. The Jan. 6 House committee has spent nearly a year interviewing hundreds of witnesses and combing through thousands of pages of documents in a bid to piece together details of the Trump administration’s scheme to overturn the 2020 election results, culminating in the attack on the Capitol. The committee has so far held three televised hearings, covering the atrocities of the riots and how Trump inspired them, how the Big Lie that the election was stolen took root, the former president’s pressure campaign to get Mike Pence to illegally block Electoral College certification, and the push to make the state follow the scheme.
The fifth, to be held Thursday, will center around Trump’s attempts to undermine the Justice Department in order to aid his bid to annul the election. Here’s everything you need to know:
How to Watch the Committee Session January 6
The fifth hearing will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET. It will air on all major broadcast and cable news networks. Want to stream the January 6 committee hearings online? Hearings can be broadcast on the committee’s YouTube page. You can also find a live broadcast of the January 6 hearing on streaming service Peacock (part of the NBCUniversal family).
Committee hearings are very much made for TV. The panel even hired former ABC News president James Goldston to help dramatize the process. The large number of spectators who attended the first trial last Thursday showed that the strategy was successful.
Who Testified During the January 6 Committee Session?
Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said Tuesday that Thursday’s hearing will focus on Trump’s efforts “to undermine the nation’s highest law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, to support his efforts to overturn the election.”
On Thursday, Americans will hear about another part of Trump’s scheme: his attempts to undermine the nation’s highest law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, to support his bid to annul the election. pic.twitter.com/SEiL5GD69l
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 21, 2022
Here are the witnesses:
- Jeffrey Rosen: Rosen is the former acting attorney general who took over the Justice Department when William Barr resigned in December 2020. Trump pressured Rosen to declare the election stolen, but, like Barr, refuses to accept the Big Lie. Trump then tried to replace Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, prompting other DOJ officials to threaten to resign.
- Richard Donoghue: Donoghue is a former acting deputy attorney general, and one of the officials who threatened to resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark. Donoghue also made detailed notes about the end of December. a phone call in which Trump pressured Rosen to call the election corrupt. The committee has those records.
- Steven Engel: Engel is a former assistant attorney general for the attorney general’s office. He joined Donoghue in explaining that all assistant attorney generals would resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark.
When is the next January 6 Committee Session?
Thompson said Wednesday that Thursday’s hearing would be the last of the month and that the hearing would resume in July, as the panel has received new evidence and needs to reassess its strategy. “We just need to catch our breath, examine the new evidence and then put it in the trial,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told CNN.